Fatal weekend crash on Redwood Highway

Oregon State Police are investigating a head-on crash that shutdown U.S. Highway 199 at Haynes Hill for hours Sunday. (Courtesy: Rebecca Cunha/News 10 edited the view of the driver for privacy)

UPDATE: Monday, 1:30 p.m.

As the investigation into a fatal crash on US Highway 199 that occurred on Sunday continues, state authorities have released the identities of the people involved.

A 50-year-old Selma man, David Remsh, was driving southbound in a Subaru Impreza on the highway, when "for unknown reasons veered into the northbound lane," say Oregon State Police. The Subaru crashed into a Mazda 3, driven by Guy Fetty of Gold Hill.

Remsh, and the two passengers in his car were all taken to the hospital. Fetty's injuries from the crash were fatal, and he was pronounced deceased by officials. The passenger in his car was taken to the hospital, and later flown to a Portland hospital.

OSP, Josephine County Sheriff's Office, ODOT, Rural Metro Fire District, and Illinois Valley Fire District all assisted at the scene of the crash. Highway 199 was reduced to single-lane traffic for approximately three hours following the crash.

ORIGINAL:

Oregon State Police are investigating a head-on crash that shut down U.S. Highway 199 at milepost 14.4 at Hayes Hill Sunday just before 5:30 p.m.

The two-vehicle crash sent multiple people to the hospital. Their condition has not been released.

The road was shut down in both directions for the medical helicopter to airlift a victim from the crash. Southbound lanes were re-opened before both directions at 8:53 p.m.

Rebecca Cunha who was passing through provided video and pictures of the scene to News 10's Sinclair sister station KVAL-TV.

With the investigation in full swing, OSP has not said if alcohol or speed was a factor in the crash.

The Redwood Highway has been the site of serious crashes. The OSP said that 55 crashes have occurred on Highway 199 between the Oregon state line and Grants Pass in the first six months of 2019.

According to the Oregon Department of Transportation, the months between Memorial Day and Labor Day see more fatal crashes than any other time of the year, especially among teen drivers.

Since 2016, eight people have died on the highway.

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